Do not remove the mask.

It does not hide
the marvelous beauty
that flowers from
every part of your being.

What was once
exclusion,
protection from pain,
is now beauty,
drawing me irresistibly to you.

Do not remove the mask.

The inner is now the outer.
Your blue is not sorrow,
instead majesty.

Do not remove the mask.

The mask holds the truth,
told and untold,
the parts only God knows,
and I yearn to know–
every part of you.

Do not remove the mask.

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lwn

-jc

 

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